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By Zeke Pipher Photos by the Author

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was the only man in the group. I was the only one from rural America. And I was the only one who hunted. Three minutes into the week-long Nebraska Writers Workshop, I knew representing my values as a sportsman would be a challenge. As I took a seat in that University of Nebraska-Lincoln classroom, I settled into the reality that for the next five days, I was going to be the odd man out. 62 WHITETAIL NEWS

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These women would have to hear about hunting all week. I signed up for the workshop to improve my outdoor writing, and most of my articles deal with deer hunting. The way this class was structured required each person to bring a new article or story each day to read to the group. Each participant was encouraged to interact with each other, primarily offering advice and suggestions pertaining to writing style. We would learn how to write better from one another, so most of the feedback addressed issues such as voice, mood and grammatical style. Most, but not all. On the second day, when I read a personal essay about teaching my children how to field-dress and process deer to enjoy the entire fieldto-table experience, I ignited a powder keg of personal remarks. As I finished reading, hands flew up in the air throughout the room. They asked about my conscience. They asked me how I could pull the trigger and take the life of such a beautiful creature. They even asked personal questions about my parenting. For example, one lady asked, “Aren’t you worried that teaching your kids to enjoy bloodshed might www.whitetailinstitute.com

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